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America’s darling

Shirley Temple made history in film, politics

The Shirley Temple stamp
The Shirley Temple stamp will be issued April 18.

The Postal Service will honor the world’s most famous child star when it issues the Shirley Temple stamp April 18.

Temple, known for her dimples and corkscrew curls, achieved success at age 6 after she starred in the 1934 film “Stand Up and Cheer!”

Later, she appeared in “Bright Eyes,” where she sang what became her signature song, “On the Good Ship Lollipop.”

Temple was awarded the first-ever juvenile Oscar in 1935 and starred in several hit movies through the 1930s. She retired from film acting at age 21.

In 1961, Temple co-founded the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies and became involved in politics.

She was appointed ambassador to Ghana in 1974 and served in several diplomatic posts through the early 1990s.

Temple received the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award in 2006. She died eight years later.

USPS will dedicate the Shirley Temple stamp in Los Angeles. The stamp is the 20th in the Legends of Hollywood series, which also has honored stars such as Ingrid Bergman and Charlton Heston.

Temple’s site has more information about her life and career.

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